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Benue police arrest 300 criminals

No fewer than 300 suspected criminals were arrested by Benue State Police command for various criminal activities in the past three months.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama   disclosed this on Tuesday to newsmen while giving a scorecard of his activities in 100 days in the state.

Makama who said that at the time he assumed office in the state crime was on the high but added that with the efforts of his men and strategic approach employed several criminals have been arrested.

He further explained that 645 rounds of ammunition and 24 cartridges were recovered within the period, adding that  95 various items including;  vehicles, motorcycles, air conditioners, sound roof generators, generator panels, electricity transformers, bags of Indians hemp, cattle and sheep were also recovered.

The state police boss added  that 76 arms ranging from AK47 rifles, locally made pistols, locally made revolver pistols, pump action guns, English made pistols, locally made Berretta pistols, fabricated rifles, locally made SMGs, as well as dame guns were recovered from the suspected criminals.

He stated that the command also recovered over N2,117,620 cash during the period.

“Our renewed efforts have yielded results in the arduous task of securing the state especially in cases of kidnapping, homicide, motorbike snatching as well as cult related acts. It will interest you to know that there has been no case of kidnapping in the last three months,” Makama boasted.

“Let me emphasize here that the success so far attained is as a result of intelligence strategy, sustained raid of criminal hideouts, sustained patrols at junctions and quick cash centres like supermarkets and banks.”

He also commended the synergy with other security agencies in the state.